What Gifts Should We Desire? November 19, 2022
Saturday, November 19th
Take5 Devotional today written by Sarah Czerwinski, Associate Pastor for Young Adults
What Gifts Should We Desire?
And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.
1 Corinthians 12:28-31a
“What’s all this ranking business?” you might be asking. Me too. After consulting a few commentaries, one by theologian John Stott, it becomes evident that this listing indicates priority rather than importance. Picture concentric circles starting large and wide and gradually getting smaller and deeper.
The apostles where the founders of the local churches, the prophets proclaimed God’s word into new and nuanced situations, the teachers built up the church on the foundation of Scripture, miracles ushered in the kingdom of heaven, healing met physical needs, helping and guidance brought practical wisdom and tongues was a prayer language that increased intimacy between the believer and God. Each gift in this list is used to set the stage for the next gift, they are interconnected. Not every believer is gifted to plant churches or physically heal, but these foundational gifts are desirable and build off one another seamlessly.
Today’s action step: Are there any gifts in this list you desire? Ask yourself why you desire them, and make sure your motivations are healthy. Then ask the Lord if he would cultivate this gift in you! Next, consider how the gifts you already possess can add to some of the foundational gifts in the church body.